by: Elizabeth Pantley
Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: November 15, 2020
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Falling into Magic is a full-length magical cozy mystery novel with a touch of humor and a hint of romance. It is the first book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series.
Welcome to Destiny Falls
When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat had escaped the house and ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror had given her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.
Twenty years later Hayden discovers the true secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it by a mysterious villain. She learns of a world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. And now, Hayden is on a mission to see that the threat is removed, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.
Why Mystery Writers Make Bad Party Guests
What kind of party guest are you? Are you an outgoing, chatterbox, fun-having, party-goer? Do you thrive on meeting lots of new people? Or would you rather fade away in a corner, sip a glass of wine, and hope that no one approaches you to say hello?
Some people can chat and schmooze with just about anyone and they love to stay at the party until the band plays the last song. Others gravitate towards the only two people they know, or search out a quiet corner to hide in. They leave the premises the minute that dinner is over.
Mystery writers have a third style, and that’s where I fit in. We love parties because the people watching is ripe with excellent fodder for characters and scenes. Why is that door in the hallway locked? Is it the staircase down to the laboratory? Why is that man staring at my neighbor’s wife? Are they having an affair or is she an old girlfriend that he’s plotting to kill? Where did they get that antique collection of vases? Is one of them actually a cremation urn? What’s up with that bookshelf filled with old books about treasure? And I saw shovels and tarps in the garage. Is there treasure here? Or are the shovels to kill the old girlfriend? I heard a noise upstairs, and that suspicious woman is missing. Better excuse myself from the table and go “use the bathroom” . . .
Not only are the guests and location a great source of inspiration, virtually the entire event provides story ideas. Yes, parties are filled with interesting characters and possible plot lines. Wait… My dessert looks tampered with. Why is there an odd gap in the frosting?
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